"JED AND THE JUNKYARD WAR" by Steven Bohls, Disney-Hyperion, $16.99, 298 pages (f) (ages 9-12)
I grew up where winters got snowy and icy, but things hardly ever dropped to be below negative degrees. That’s certainly not the case in some parts of the world. Thankfully, our frozen Canadian, Russian, and Scandinavian friends on Reddit are willing to share the tips and tricks to staying warm even with wind-chill.
With New Year’s Eve ahead to finish off the holiday season, coming up with one more appetizer to share can be something of a hassle. However, these quick cheese balls, made on the spot or a few days ahead, are a perfect party food.
It’s the week after Christmas — is your pen poised over paper, like mine, itching to write down those New Year’s resolutions? Before you do, let’s make absolute certain those goals are as unachievable as possible. Don’t worry, I’m here to help. I have over 35 years of experience when it comes to unachievable goals. So let’s get started, shall we?
In our last column, we discussed the necessity of creating a realistic budget for a remodeling project and that the design and the budget must be properly aligned. We noted that the budget conversation must begin in the first design meeting and continue throughout the process of both design and construction.
"KENNEDY'S HUGS," by Jason and Heather Hansen, Cedar Fort, $17.99, 352 pages (nf)
Unless money is no object, having a budget is a critical component to every remodeling project. The time to talk about a project’s budget begins with the first design meeting and should continue in some form throughout the design and construction process.
Meal prep is all the rage, but is there good reason for this rage? Yes, there is. Taking a bit of time at the beginning of the week can set you up to save time, money and your sanity during the busy week. Here are five easy tips to make your meal plan work for you and to simplify the process.
The first thing to know about Donald Trump's alleged proposal for a Muslim registry is that it isn't a Muslim registry. This has been lost in a freak-out that has some brave souls already promising acts of civil disobedience to disrupt and overwhelm the prospective registry.
Reciting a polite “thank you” is one of the first social expectations that parents teach their children. We all know how to answer the question, “What do you say?” when an adult raises an eyebrow and waits for that thankful response. However, the ability to deliver a well-timed and rehearsed “thank you” is not the same as exhibiting genuine gratitude.
This past week, up to my elbows in a burlap table runner, candles, fancy dishes, twine-wrapped utensils and a positively enormous raw turkey, I turned to my sister and said, “This sure is a lot of work for a meal that will last less than an hour.”
STARS HOLLOW — If ever there were a fictional town that I wanted to live in, it would be the kooky little town of Stars Hollow. “Gilmore Girls” is, frankly, my desert island show. It is the one I would choose if trapped forever with only one television show to watch on loop.
Three years ago, Sarah Linden said she noticed the spirit of the holiday season slipping away in her family. She wanted to do something to focus more on serving others instead of on presents.
So, you have finally had it with your house. It is too small, too disorganized, too dated, too many unused bedrooms, too ______________ (fill in the blank). Our current holiday season may be the final straw as you try to squeeze too many people into a home with not enough room in any of the right spaces.
February is African-American History Month, closely following the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday in January.
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